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Five Great Restaurants In Dubrovnik

By  May 06, 2020

So long as you have money in your pocket, you'll never go hungry in Dubrovnik. The city may not get as much mainstream press attention as the likes of Paris or Madrid when it comes to restaurants, but that says more about the mainstream press than it does about the city. As the local residents already know, Dubrovnik is one of the greatest places in the world to come for food. Many tourists and visitors have come to the city in the past looking forward to seeing the other attractions that Dubrovnik has to offer, but by the time they left, all their best memories were of fine dining!

Croatian food has been something of a mystery to the wider world until recent times. Everyone knows what to expect of Italian, Greek, Spanish, or English cuisine, but Croatian cuisine has been overlooked. That’s starting to change. We’re seeing more people wising up to the fact that Croatian chefs are among the best in the world, and we can expect to see more food tourists arriving on vacation in years to come. That means the best restaurants are going to be even busier than they are now - so this might be a good time to take stock of what’s on offer and make yourself a reservation before the waiting lists become months long as opposed to days or weeks!

The only drawback when it comes to deciding where to eat in Dubrovnik is the sheer number of options available. That can make picking a restaurant a little bit like placing a stake on an online slots game. You have to spend money before you can find out whether you’ve backed a winner or a loser, and sometimes you can end up disappointed by your choice. Many of us know the feeling of chasing a bet for too long while playing best slots UK, and it’s not an experience we’d care to repeat on a date night or a special occasion! The reels of an online slots game offer thousands of possibilities, though, and your chances of success would be better if you could filter those possibilities down to just a select few. That’s what we’ve done with this article. We don’t want to say that they’re the outright best restaurants in Dubrovnik - but they all belong in the conversation!

Restaurant Dubrovnik

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Menu focused on the classics - Photo Facebook Dubrovnik Restaurant 

This fine eatery won’t win any awards when it comes to picking an original name. It might win any award you could think of in any other restaurant-related category, though. The people who put together the Michelin Guide certainly agree with that assessment - Restaurant Dubrovnik has been a fixture on their list for a long time now. There’s more to creating a great restaurant than just atmosphere and presentation, but getting both of those things right certainly helps, and Restaurant Dubrovnik doesn’t disappoint. From the on-hand sommelier to the personal guest-greeting service, you’re made to feel like a VIP from the moment you walk through the doors. The menu largely focuses on the classics, but the duck, steak, and sea bass are all worthy of special mention.

Bistro Tavulin

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Locally-sourced menu - Photo Facebook Bistro Tavulin 

This restaurant occasionally suffers in terms of reputation because it's in the Old Town, right in the center of the area most visited by tourists. That makes it tempting to lump Bistro Tavulin in with all the other tourist-focused dining options in the area, but that would be a huge mistake. This is another eatery that holds a hard-earned spot in the Michelin Guide, and it lives up to that billing every time you visit it. The best time to book a table is in the evening when the full locally-sourced menu becomes available. There isn't a huge array of options - the 'local at all costs philosophy' makes it impossible for the chefs to cast their net too far or wide, but octopus and mussels prop up a fantastic seafood-based menu, and the service is five-star.

Klarisa Restaurant

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Standout option - Photo Facebook Klarisa Restaurant 

Bistro Tavulin isn't the only standout option in the Old Town. The restaurant that now exists within the walls of what used to be the Convent of St. Claire is also well worth your consideration. We wouldn't like to be forced to choose between this and Bistro Tavulin - if you're in town for more than one night, perhaps you should visit them both and see if you can pick a favorite! In keeping with the Mediterranean theme of the venue, you'll find that you're most likely to be seated outside in the courtyard terrace - making this a great choice for a warm summer's day. You have the option of visiting the adjoining snack bar if you want to sample Klarisa's offerings but don't have the time or the budget for a more formal visit.

360

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Event dining - Photo Facebook 360

Appearing in the Michelin Guide is one thing. Actually holding a Michelin star is quite another - and that's something that 360 can say about itself that the other restaurants we've looked at thus far can't. Like many restaurants in the city, this is a seafood venue, but one that stands head and shoulders above almost all of the competition. Marijo Curic is the head chef, and he's one of the finest contemporary chefs in the whole country - perhaps even in the whole world. Visiting 360 won't be cheap, but in return for your money, you get an exquisite view of the harbor, stunning seafood, and imaginative re-interpretations of Croatian classics. This is event dining.

Nautika

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An experience you'll always remember - Photo Facebook Nautika 

Anyone who knows anything about Croatian restaurants would be able to predict that Nautika would appear on our list of recommendations. When Time Out Magazine lists a restaurant as being Croatia’s most prestigious, it's an opinion worth hearing. This restaurant has not one Michelin star but two, and is as formal as formal gets in the city. Don't turn up in anything less than your finest evening wear, and prepare for an eating experience fit for the Hollywood jet set. Mario Bunda, a chef who devotes himself to the ideal of sourcing only sustainable local products for his menu, has composed both a short and long-form tasting menu for guests, with meat and vegetarian options sitting side by side with seafood classics. Eating at Nautika is an experience that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

We don't mean to slight Fish Restaurant Proto, Bowa Restaurant, Azur, Kopun, or any of the city's other excellent restaurants by way of exclusion - these are just the five most outstanding choices to us right now. Ask us again tomorrow, and our opinion might change! You won't be disappointed at any of them, though, so make your reservation now before the rest of the world beats you to the punch!

 

The Voice of Dubrovnik

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